Surfboat to make debut splash

IT has travelled more than 700km, undergone extensive repairs and this Sunday it will finally make its debut splash in the ocean before spectators.

The Emu Park Surf Life Saving Club will celebrate the arrival of its new surfboat at the Emu Park Main Beach at the weekend.

The surfboat was brought to Emu Park from Burleigh Heads and renamed The Good Guys for the sponsor.

Emu Park Surf Club boat captain Brendon Bell said the club had recently had a large membership growth and another boat was sorely needed.

“We have one boat that we use to row on the river in Rocky and another boat at Emu Park, but this season we have found that it wasn't enough,” he said.

“We've got a senior men's crew, a women's crew, a masters' crew and now we have some juniors who have just started to row.”

Bell said the boat had come up well after the repairs were made and he is really pleased with the final result.

Club secretary Brain Phelan said there were a number of reasons why the club had received such an influx in members.

“We have had a really good feel at the club this year and a flow of members coming through,” he said.

Phelan said he believed the club had built a good profile since it held the State Championships earlier this year.

“The last time we held the championships was in 2000, so I think it really helped us,” he said.

He said the newly acquired boat would help the club accommodate recent demands and it could now provide members with the right facilities.

“Last year we never had a boat crew and now we have four,” he said.

The surf life saving season began late September and the first carnival will be Mackay for the North Australian Championships in the end of October.



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